I have heard the call of different groups from the medical community for a two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Mega Manila.
I fully understand why your health workers would like to ask for such a timeout period. They have been in the frontlines for months and are exhausted.
To our health workers, this is a war that you have been trained to fight. This is a profession that you, all of you, and who were educated and trained to face such challenges, you are frontliners in the battle because you are learned in this field.
Kung bayaan natin tutulong — kung walang tutulong rather, sa bansa at ang mga kababayan natin, sino ang maasahan ko? Sino ang maasahan natin na gumawa ng trabahong ito?
Huwag kayong mawalaan ng pag-asa, nakikita at kausap ko ang iba sa inyo. Habaan ninyo lang — you stretch your patience and your — not endurance because you can only also take so much, your fervor. Habaan na lang ninyo „yung pasensiya ninyo and your fervor na ikaw ay isang medical na tao at tiwala kami sa inyong kakayahan. We are aware that you are tired, that you have worked almost even beyond 24 hours a day. Pero ito kasi „yung… Wala kaming matakbuhan. Kayo „yung nag-aral, kayo „yung may alam.
Now ngayon kung sabihin ninyo na anong mabuti and you raise the spectacle of „yung ang agony ninyo, you treat it as if you are about ready to stop to work. Huwag naman ganoon kasi kawawa ang mga kababayan natin. Sinong maasahan namin?
I don‟t know. I‟m sure that is not in your heart. But from your maybe despair, I would like to tell you that ang ating gobyerno ay hindi mag — mag-iwan ng mga trabahante niya.
So to my fellow countrymen, we are doing everything possible to alleviate the situation, to assist our healthcare workers and enhance our healthcare system.
Alam mo kasi… You know, first time nangyari ito eh. And this is not just something like a call to action for a few sick persons maybe because of the distance, or maybe because of the… Ito lahat eh. Wala namang may gustong…
Kaya nga si Secretary Duque, gusto nilang putulin „yung ulo. Ano mang kasalanan niya? Now ‘yung medisina nandiyan. Eh nagkabuhol-buhol ang trabaho because this is the first time and hindi ko kinukumpara. You read or you listen to BBC and CNN. Nakita ninyo America and the rest are far more worse than us. Iyan ang problema. But they have the machines, they have the equipment, and yet, they are suffering terribly. Almost hindi ka makapaniwala.
So kami dito, hindi namin kayo kinakalimutan. There would not have been no need for you to go into a — itong ganito. And raising your hands as if sabihin ninyo revolution, revolution.
Now, if you think that this can be solved by revolution, then by all means, we start it. Mas gusto ko. Kung magsabi kayo, nagtaas na kayo, revolution, revolution, go ahead because I would be calling all people who love their country to come forward and work for the people.
Iyong mga health workers na hindi connected sa gobyerno, we will try to help. But there is no need for you and for the guys ng ano ng 1,000 of you telling us what to do publicly. You could have just wrote us a letter. Lahat naman nang sinasabi ninyo sinusunod namin. You know, it’s the resources, ang pera. May gusto kayong bilihin ko. Ang problema ang bulsa ko butas na ‘yung isa dahil we have suffered economically pati individually. Iyong income ninyo, wala na. Hindi lang man kayo.
But to go almost on a — not really a rampage but an outrage, parang galit at mag-revolution, revolution. So huwag naman ganun kasi alam ninyo nagtatrabaho kaming lahat. Kung iyan lang ang makaya ng pera namin — natin, eh di hanggang diyan lang tayo.
Hindi naman kami mabuti nakaupo lang diyan, nandiyan ‘yung pera, hindi naman pinapagalaw. Everybody is trying. Kaya nga eh may iba-ibang modalities na lang how the vaccine, if ever mabigay, mag-abot sa atin. Next time, you can just ask for an audience.
Pero huwag ho kayo magsigaw-sigaw ng revolution niyo. Alam mo, sa totoo, alam niyo hindi ninyo ako kilala talaga. Magsabi kayo revolution, then ngayon na. Go ahead. Try it. Sirain natin itong bayan. Patayin natin lahat ng may COVID.
Is that what you want? We can always end our existence in this manner. Hindi naman kayo natatakot siguro. Alam namin ‘yon na hindi kami matakot sa ganun. But to send a message na without giving government a chance.
Ngayon, anong gusto ninyo? I will implement other things in this government without informing you. Would you be happy with that? Or if you are really on a rampage, you want a revolution, fine. Let’s start it. Go ahead — go ahead in the streets and disturb. Makita natin.
Then we will need almost all building, all hospitals there. Hindi lang COVID. Hindi ko — I am not threatening you pero gusto ko lang subukan ninyo. Ako, I dare you, do it at magkita tayo kung sa ano… Those who want to work with government, lahat ng mga nurses na pulis, pumasok kayo sa pulis kasi malaki ang suweldo. If you remain a nurse outside, you only get about eight, nine, 10.
So it’s time to give more to the people. All nurses sa uniformed sector will have to work, and we can always ask for volunteers. Then I am asking Secretary Lorenzana to mobilize, call a mobilization of doctors and nurses and those who can help kung iyan maa — iyan na lang ang maasahan namin, or I might outrightly call for all reservists to work. Iyan na lang. Ang COVID nandiyan. Wala mang kasalanan. Ni ikaw wala kang solusyon eh. What are you babbling about? What’s the solution?
If you have COVID, we have been frank before with you and still I am frank until now. And that is also the answer of all leaders of government. Anak ka ng… Do not so… So as to be heard. I don’t… I don’t… I don’t give a f*** if you gather 1,000, 2,000.
But bear in mind na kayo mismo kung ipa-take over ko kayo, kayo, kayong lahat, ako ang magbayad sa iyo, i-take over ninyo. Tignan ko kung ano ang lagay ninyo. We are not incompetents here because we are not doctors. Eh kayo ang dapat ang mag-ano… You should do the soul — the soul searching. Not us. Kayo ang makatulong sana at wala kayong ginagawa kung „di magreklamo. Ikaw naman ang… What can I — what can I do?
I’ve always been praying to God for the vaccine. Alam ninyo, doktor kayo eh. Huwag na nating dramahin ito ng mga pasulat-sulat. At saka itong mga health workers that I said you are bone-weary. Bone-weary is an idiom. It says simply that you are too tired to move. You are beat, ika nga. Bakit kayo hindi nag — pumunta dito na…?
Pera? Maghanap tayo ng pera. Secretary Dominguez. Mabuti’t na lang sabi ko, ang vaccine dumating. Kaya ‘yung prediction — my dire prediction is that it would usually take… Tanungin niyo ‘yung — kayong mga doktor — five years to perfect a vaccine from the ano… Alam ninyo ‘yan.
So do not try to demean government. You are not actually criticizing. You demean by government — your own government by just going ahead, at saka takutin ng revolution. Bayan man natin ito. Gusto ninyo sirain natin? Start it now.
Nary a moment to waste. Ako, kung anong klase ibigay nang nagtatrabaho ako, kung ano ang nasa harap ko, I will react appropriately. Kayong mga nurses, ulitin ko, outside, aide workers, maghanap ako ng pera sa Congress.
Again, to the health workers, doctors, nurses, sa not connected with government, we will try to look out for a way. Marami kaming gustong ibigay sa inyo: insurance; then the 10,000 risk, across the board „yan; tapos free accommodation; free transportation; free testing.
Siyempre. Dapat kayo every two days, masakit lang sa… Wala bang pantusok na p** i** na hindi masakit? [laughter] Okay lang „yan sa tilaok. Kinakain ko minsan buto „yan eh tendon ng baka. Pero p… Okay lang „yan pero „yung sa ilong? Naku, Diyos ko. Kulkugin mo ang p* i.
Tapos kayong nasa gobyerno, a reservist we might call for a mobilization. Lahat. You know, my daughter, Inday Sara, „pag ako ang nag-mobilize, mauna „yan. I will specifically point out to her as one of those who will answer the…
Ah, you cannot even — you have no — you have not that luxury of accepting or not accepting. Remember that you are a reservist, you are subject to martial law. Martial law ka talaga. Hindi martial law ng gobyerno, martial law ng disiplina.
At saka „yung mga pulis, mga nurses, be ready to be deployed there. Mga pulis, advise your workers na — „yung mga pulis mo na babae, ibaba ninyo lahat, we will train them for about just one or two days. We will select a big auditorium, „yung PICC. You come here in the morning, free merienda, masarap na pancit pati ano. Tapos merienda, mag-uwi kayo, and we will tell you what to do. Ganoon lang „yan.
Kung mag-resign kayong mga — magtamad-tamaran kayo? Then we will tell the — we will help you with government personnel and they will work. How many hours a day has? Twenty-four? Oh, I can ask my soldiers to work 28 hours a day — iyong mga sundalo, „yung mga pulis. So ganoon.
We are not actually inutile. At saka next time you — as a matter of courtesy, not to me, I don‟t need it, but to the government kasi gagastusin natin „yung pera ng tao. Then next time, huwag ninyo akong parinigrinigin ng revolution. Naku, Diyos ko.
Iyan ang mas delikado sa COVID. Eh kung mag-revolution kayo, you will give me the free ticket to stage a counterrevolution. How I wish you would do it.